The Peoples Democratic Parry, PDP, on Thursday met with four other political parties in Abuja with the aim of strategizing on how to unseat the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government from power in 2019.
The parties include, Peoples Redemption Party, PRP, Social Democratic Party, SDP, Alliance for Democracy, AD, and Accord Party, AP.
According to a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the parties disclosed that they were yielding to the desire of Nigerians to save the country.
The five political parties said they would stand “united and steadfastly work together in the interest of the vast majority of our people who are now suffering and traumatised by the visionless and dictatorial antics of the government of the day.
They also promised to, “constitute ourselves into an effective , responsible and fearless watchdog and by mutual agreement broaden the base of the opposition so as to constitute an alternative reliable political option for our people and will therefore ensure that henceforth , the electoral and security umpires act strictly within the dictates and ethics of their profession. ”
All the parties at the meeting noted that two years into the current administration, to all that the “so-called promise of change was indeed not for positive change but rather a pipe dream that unleashed a series of retrogressive actions that has put our country permanently on the reverse gear. ”
While claiming that the APC-led Federal Government has failed Nigerians, they also noted, “that as a positive reaction to the above listed failures of the present regime , and to give hope to all our people , this forum shall work out in detail, in a joint memoranda, a list of basic fundamental requirements necessary for a descent and healthy society that our people eminently deserve and we will jointly endorse those requirements and commit to working assiduously to achieving them in the shortest possible time .
“We, The United Forum of Democrats, uphold the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference and are resolved to work earnestly for its full implementation.
“That we shall work together henceforth in all upcoming elections as we approach 2019 to ensure we enthrone genuine democracy, good governance , respect for the rule of law and put an end to the reign of civilian dictatorship .
“That we are committed going forward to work for the establishment at the centre and in as many states as possible people- oriented participatory governments that will entrench the values, ideals and cherished principles of the United Forum of Democrats.
This is coming at a time when PDP had disclosed that discussions were ongoing with seven other political parties to form alliance ahead of the 2019 general elections.